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20
Oct

Rise of the Female Firefighter: Bushfire Brigade Ranks Filling Up With Women

Female firefighters across the country are increasingly taking on frontline volunteer roles that were once the sole preserve of men. Traditionally, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service’s volunteers were drawn from rural landholders with men fighting the fires and women in support roles. But the service has made a concerted effort to encourage women

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11
Oct

New Tech Fitted to Emergency Services Vehicles To Help Save Lives

The ACT Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service have been armed with a life-saving tool for frontline workers, with the installation of automatic external defibrillators.  Minister for Emergency Services Mick Gentleman said the defibrillators had been fitted in ambulances and fire and rescue vehicles – and were being rolled out to rural fire and emergency service vehicles, with 91 new

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30
Aug

What’s the Future for Fire Protection in Australia?

The Grenfell fire disaster in London serves as a stark reminder about why properly installed and maintained working fire protection systems are so critical. While the cause of the Grenfell fire is not yet known, the extraordinary speed at which the fire spread is widely believed to have been aided by the building’s recently added

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23
Aug

How Fire, Police and Ambulance Emergency Responders Deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Think of our emergency services and the traumatic scenes we expect these police, ambulance and fire staff to cope with mentally as part of their everyday jobs in our community. How do they deal with the harrowing sights that greet them at car crashes or fires where someone is killed?  How do they live a

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24
Jul

Hugs, Drugs and Choices: Helping Traumatised Animals

Rosie, like a real-life Babe, ran away from an organic piggery when she was only a few days old. She was found wandering in a car park, highly agitated, by a family who took her home and made her their live-in pet. However, after three months they could no longer keep her. She was relocated to

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19
Jul

Half of Hospital Doctors Work ‘Unsafe Hours’, Audit Reveals

More than half of doctors in Australia’s public hospitals are working unsafe hours — some more than 70 hours in a single shift. A new audit by the Australian Medical Association found that 53 per cent were on rosters that placed them at significant or higher risk of fatigue. Intensive care physicians and surgeons were

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26
Jun

RSPCA Urges Residents to Help Keep Native Animals Safe After Spike in Hospital Admissions

A native animal hospital in south-east Queensland says it is having to treat more than double the number of animals it was four years ago. RSPCA Queensland said 21,723 native animals had been treated this year compared to 8,500 in 2013. In response the Wildlife Hospital at Wacol, west of Brisbane, changed its nine-to-five opening

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09
Jun

Flood Review Calls for Community Awareness Campaign

Warnings could have been more effective in the two communities where people died, a major report into the 2016 Tasmanian floods has found. An independent Review into the Tasmanian Floods of June and July 2016 found there were gaps in flood studies and flood plans, both in comprehensiveness and currency. Three people died in the

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29
May

Queensland Builds Resilience to Extreme Weather Events with Largest-Ever Flood Study

The Queensland Government has released what it calls the “most detailed and comprehensive flood study ever undertaken in Australia” in an effort to help the state prepare for future extreme weather events. The Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study will guide local councils towards the crucial first step of developing strategies and flood resilience options, said

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13
Jan

Think you can identify a rip? You may need to think again.

As drowning deaths soar to extreme highs this summer, frightening new research from the country’s peak lifesaving body has found 70 per cent of Australians who believe they can identify an ocean rip actually cannot. It’s a misguided confidence that claims, on average, 20 lives each summer. Coastal drowning deaths jumped by 24 per cent

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